Syrian Oven Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

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Time for the MENA Cooking Club Challenge of the month! This month, the country is Syria. While typing the name of the country, my fingers tremble. What a beautiful country it was… due to reasons best unknown, the country is in tatters. Their citizens are migrating away from their own little space and hoping for a better life. The 3-year-old who washed ashore Turkey fails to go away from my eyes despite having happened more than three months ago. All we can do is make dua and have sincere hope that the Almighty’s Help comes very soon, InShaAllah…


I guess I don’t write much… I am lost for words, seriously… but go ahead straight to the challenge. This month, our host is Jumana from Taste of Beirut and we were given three choices – Sharab Tamr Hendi, Aqras Helweh and this one that I decided to choose to cook for the challenge. The tamarind drink is something that we find it served at the Syrian pavillion at the Global Village. I have never bought it from there, but I have had it during the Iftar buffets during Ramadan and wanted to replicate it at home. But knowing that I have a dicey set of tongues at home, I decided to play safe and bake this chicken and potato dish. As you can see, there is equal quantity of chicken and potato in this dish – so who is the star? It is upto you – I was surprised that all at home thought the potatoes were the star! We totally loved how the potatoes had soaked in the chicken stock and become so tender and juicy. The recipe provided had potatoes deep fried before it was baked along with the chicken, though I went a bit healthier by baking them for sometime. All I did was serve this with khubboos and it was emptied… Definitely something I would make again for lazy dinners, and also for the fact that there is hardly any new ingredient you need to get to make this super easy dish!


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5 from 1 vote

Syrian Oven Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

Course Chicken
Cuisine Arab
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 900 gm chicken legs skin taken off and washed
  • 1 bulb garlic peeled and pounded
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp paprika powder
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 kg potatoes washed and chopped (I cut them like wedges)


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  • Rub the garlic, lemon juice, paprika, 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper into the chicken legs. Set aside till the potatoes are partly cooked.
  • Toss the potatoes with the remaining olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread onto a baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Take out the pan, keep the chicken on top and sprinkle the remaining marinade all over. Bake for 25 minutes, flip the chicken and bake for another 20 minutes or till done.


I have used a Teflon coated Marinex pan for baking. If using a normal roasting pan, do line with aluminium foil as the potatoes may stick the bottom once the baking is done.

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  1. Madichi! πŸ˜› … I loved the recipe and I am planning on making this.. like you said the ingredients are always in the pantry.. I think the chicken is the star!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… πŸ˜› You will change your opinion once you try this, and that too speaking from a hardcore chicken fan, if I say it is the potatoes that shine, then there is something! Hehe… thanks a lot Fami…

  2. easy, tasty and healthy recipe..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Lisha…

  3. I love baked chicken and this dish incorporates all that I’m after.:)

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kanak… πŸ™‚

  4. I love the fact that simple lemon salt and pepper brings out the best flavors of chicken and potatoes is soaked in the juices..that must be such a welcome change from our usual full masala food. Looks realllyy yumm.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Meena… yes, indeed a good change…

  5. quick healthy recipe . love it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  6. Healthy and easy recipe,looking good rafeeda…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shazia…

  7. Looks absolutely delicious. yes is was a hard topic and post to write indeed.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Evelyn…

  8. looks super yumm…love both chicken and potatoes ….

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gloria…

  9. Interesting recipe for chicken….. Super easy way to make chicken…… Will try this awesome recipe…. πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  10. Sad indeed the sadness of Syria. Then again, I will say its the leaders for not caring for the people. This dish – just so good. Other that, I have to make a smaller portion for myself. Simply simple yet the dish we long for.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nava…

  11. 5 stars
    Yum! We made the same dish this month, it was so delicious right?! and yes those potatoes soaked up in all the delicious chicken juices and marinade are just irresistible!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Umm Hamza…

  12. Love the chicken with potato combo, i used to bake potatoes along with whole chicken whenever i bake. The juices from the chicken soak the potatoes and gives an amazing taste.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Eliza…

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